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Business as usual at Anne Arundel County schools during 4/20 walkout

Rachael Pacella

A different day, a different mood.

On March 14, students flooded out of Annapolis High School and gathered by the front entrance to call for stronger gun laws and remember the victims of a shooting that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

A second national school walkout was planned for 10 a.m. Friday, marking the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. The scene at Annapolis High wasn’t much different from any other school day, however. There were no apparent demonstrations at the school or any public school in the Anne Arundel system, officials reported.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools spokesman Bob Mosier said he talked with high school principals and is aware of only four students countywide who walked out Friday.

Friday morning, a group of students was seen gathered near one of the exits of Annapolis High, but it was impossible to tell if they were demonstrating in any way. Several staff members were standing near the school’s entrance.

In a letter to parents last week, Superintendent George Arlotto said he expected April 20 to be a normal school day and that students who broke the Code of Conduct would be subject to consequences. Walking out of school breaks that code, officials said.

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